November 20, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace reacts at the end of the first quarter of a game against the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena. The Knicks defeated the Hornets 102-80. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Rasheed Wallace to miss 8 weeks following foot surgery

For months now, many New York Knicks fans were waiting on the answer to the question of when exactly Rasheed Wallace would return to the Knicks lineup.

Finally that question may have been answered and unfortunately the answer could be never.

Nate Taylor of the New York Times is reporting that Wallace will have surgery on his left foot and the Knicks say he will be out of action at least eight weeks.

 

If you are scoring at home, that would  be late April at the earliest, which means a  return during the regular season won’t happen although there could be a chance that Wallace could return in May if the Knicks can make a lengthy playoff run, but even that seems doubtful at this point.

Dec. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace (36) shoots a free throw against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 116-107. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

That also means that Mike Woodson will likely start using Kenyon Martin soon and that Martin will likely be signed for the rest of the season.

K-Mart’s defensive presence may not be that to the level that ‘Sheed showed early in the season as the Knicks were at their best because of his communication, but Martin is an improvement nonetheless.

It also means that Marcus Camby, who could be returning soon, should play a bigger role down the stretch.

Wallace has been out since December 13 and has only played 20 games on the season, averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

It remains to be seen if the Knicks plan on replacing Wallace on the roster. If they do, they will have to release or buy out his contract as they are at the maximum amount of 15 players.

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